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The Sixteen: The Choral Pilgrimage 2018

26/10/2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In their 18th Choral Pilgrimage, The Sixteen will focus on two representatives of English music at its finest; William Cornysh and Benjamin Britten. This programme looks at the way these two composers mixed sacred with secular. Whilst Cornysh’s sacred music is elaborate and rhythmically complicated, his secular music is simple yet subtly evocative. Britten makes constant demands on vocal artistry best displayed in the last work he ever wrote for unaccompanied voices, Sacred and Profane, composed in the winter of 1974-5. Britten chose his texts with great care and devotion; these are mediaeval lyrics and he gives us a fascinating mixture of the devotional and the rumbustiously secular.

In an exclusive offer, The Sixteen will be selling discounted tickets for Music Durham members who purchase their ticket online. Get in touch with [email protected] or check your Music Durham weekly email for a special discount code which will allow you to buy tickets for only £5.



The Sixteen
Harry Christophers conductor



Britten Hymn to the Virgin
Cornysh My love she mourneth
Britten Hymn to Saint Cecilia
Cornysh Salve Regina
Britten Advance Democracy
Cornysh Ave Maria, Mater Dei
Cornysh Woefully array’d
Cornysh Ah Robin, gentle Robin
Britten Sacred and Profane


Important Event Information

Doors Open: 7pm
Ticket Prices: £15-£27, £5 for Music Durham members
Ticket Availability: Tickets are available online at www.thesixteen.com/events/choral-pilgrimage-2018-durham
Accessibility: Please get in touch to confirm arrangements



7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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